and their Actual Inventors
The Telescope - Hans Lippershey
Minimal infographic poster by Hydrogene
Hans Lippershey … Galileo Galilei …
Galileo’s work and thinking are surely at the heart of the modern scientific paradigm, although they are not innovations on his part. For example, he wasn’t the first in his time to emphasize observation over ancient texts. However, he did clearly demonstrate the way in which a scientist could combine mathematics (and theoretical physics) with experimental physics. In particular, he was willing to follow the trail left by his observations to reach conclusions that contradicted the received wisdom of his day (that is, the current paradigm).
The history of the telescope symbolizes Galileo’s role in the history of science. He came to know of this new invention in the same way and at the same time as other scientists in Europe (and Asia). His innovation was to improve the telescope, using feedback from his own use of it in astronomical observation. He showed quite clearly how experimentation can be used to improve not only ones understanding but also the techniques (and tools) used to gain and improve that understanding.